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posted Feb 6, 2019, 6:13 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 6, 2019, 6:13 AM ]

Christian Meditation Programme

As part of situating our daily practice of meditation within the Christian Contemplative tradition, the WCCM Mumbai meditation community invites you to a half-day programme led by Fr Ian Doulton on "Contemplation: Perceiving the Divine Image & Likeness". This programme is scheduled on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Audio Visual Room in the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga Road (Opp. Khalsa College), Mumbai 400 019. There is no charge, but a voluntary contribution to meet the incidental expenses will be gratefully accepted. Please confirm your participation by e-mail: wccmindia@gmail.com or sms Maureen – 93232 93331 latest by February 12, 2019.

Leading Indian jurist: Vatican abuse summit must address 'moral perspective'

Justice Kurian Joseph, retired judge of the Supreme Court of India says the upcoming Vatican summit on clerical abuse is "very important" and the Catholic Church has an obligation to hold a "correct moral perspective."

Justice Kurian Joseph, who is Catholic, spoke to Crux in Mumbai on Jan. 17. Pope Francis has called the heads of all the bishops' conferences around the world to the Feb. 21-24 gathering, the first such global meeting on abuse.

"This summit is very important, from a legal and human rights perspective, but also from the moral perspective," Joseph said. "The Catholic Church must be recognised for her moral authority and integrity, and this anti-abuse summit will play a fundamental role in the Catholic Church's moral authority," he continued.

"The Catholic Church has an obligation to instruct the world on correct moral perspective on these issues," the retired judge said. Joseph said the government and civil society have their own role to play in tackling abuse, but the Church has the duty to address the "moral perspective" of the issue.

The Vatican meeting will include plenary sessions, working groups and time for communal prayer while listening to the personal testimonies of abuse survivors. There will also be a penitential liturgy during the meeting, which will conclude with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.

'St Anthony's Marg' at Amboli

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the road off Jai Bhavani Mata Road to Yagnik Nagar at Amboli, Andheri West was named as 'St Anthony's Marg' in the presence of church, civic and political representatives and a large number of people who had come to witness the event. Mr Titus D'Souza, an ALM member, was instrumental in getting the nod for the same from the civic and political authorities. The chief guests were warmly welcomed with a huge procession and the commemorative road sign board with the name was unveiled to great applause. People of all faiths had gathered to witness this event. The chief guests addressed the gathering, and assured those present of their availability for any redressal of grievances in the future.

Bidding Adieu to the Christian Brothers at Dadar

The Irish Christian Brothers (CFC) arrived in India in the year 1890. They have left a distinctive mark on the educational map of the country. Emulating their founder, Edmund Ignatius Rice, they reached out to serve the poor and the marginalised. Their schools gained recognition as high quality institutions. Many notable citizens, industrialists, dramatists, politicians, sportsmen and businessmen trace their formative roots to the Christian Brothers' Schools.

The students of Dadar and the neighbouring areas were privileged when the Christian Brothers took over the reins of Our Lady of Salvation School in the year 1968. The untiring efforts, the sacrifices and commitment of the Christian Brothers have helped shape the future of many young boys. Their dedication and their mission to reach out have driven the school to excellence, not only on the academic front, but also in sports and athletics. Who can forget the annual operas that were staged to perfection to raise funds for the marginalised boys of the school?

In their Golden Jubilee year, the Christian Brothers have decided to follow their calling and move on, to reach out to the poorest of the poor. The time has come to bid adieu - a truly sad occasion for the alumni, and present students, who have been touched by the warmth and tender care of the Brothers. Yes this is the time we need to say 'THANK YOU', for their untiring, selfless and relentless service.

The Alumni Association is organising a felicitation cum farewell on Sunday, February 17 at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Salvation School undercroft. The Christian Brothers and the teachers who have taught for over 50 years at the school will grace this occasion. It will be a great opportunity to re-connect with them. For passes to attend the function or to make a love offering, kindly contact us at: olsgoldenyears@gmail.com or SMS OLSGY <msg> to 83699 15705.

11 Golden PSOLs

The Congregation of the Poor Sisters of Our Lady celebrated the Golden Jubilee of eleven Sisters on January 27, 2019 at Holy Family Convent, Andheri. It was a perfect football team – a rare sight to behold! In an age when vocations are dwindling and those who join sometimes do not complete their journey of religious life, we witnessed eleven Sisters reaching the milestone of 50. Indeed, a marvellous achievement!

Amidst family and friends, relatives and dear ones and the Sisters of various communities from across the country, the jubilarians basked in the glow of their faithfulness to God. In the presence of all, representing the Church, Sisters Aley Mathew, Anna Kuriakose, Anna Kurien, Agnes D’Silva, Catherine Dias, Irene Coelho, Mary Sebastian, Philomena D’Souza, Rose Kuriakose, Teresa Pinto and Thecla Pereira renewed their vows in an impressive and awe-inspiring ceremony during the Eucharistic celebration. The Eucharist was solemnly presided over by Fr Errol Fernandes, sj and concelebrated by ten priests. Eleven Sisters, eleven priests! What a coincidence!

Fr Errol, in his homily, spelt out the 3 Ps - Perseverance, Promise and Prayer - which helped the jubilarians live out their lives in fidelity to God, culminating in the Golden Jubilee. After the thanksgiving Eucharist, the jubilarians took a snapshot, along with the priests.

The delicious cake was a sight to behold, and all eleven Jubilarians, along with their families, cut the cake at one go, assisted by Sr Lawrencia - the DJ for the day. The toast was raised by Sr Dollyrose D’Souza, Principal of St Joseph School, Kandivli, and Animator of her community, in her own amiable style, spiced with wit and humour.

Sr Anna Kuriakose replied to the toast, narrating the early years from their joining the PSOLs till date, and how God has walked with them amidst trials and failures, joys and successes. Two of our Sisters—Florence and Stella Dabre —who would have been in the golden team were recalled home early to receive their reward.

The Divine Child School students put up a prayer dance, while the Divine Child Junior college students danced the bhangra with vigorous energy, making the audience tap their feet to the pulsating music. The Superior General, Sr Matilda D’Mello, in her speech, highlighted the vow of obedience as the hallmark of the jubilarians. She said that she never had any problems with their transfers, even in necessity, when communicated to them over the phone. Congratulations, dear Sisters, and thank you for setting an example for the young to follow.

The compere for the day was Mr Xavier Sanchez. Kudos to Sr Fiona and her community for a well planned and perfectly executed event! It was a day which will be remembered until the Sisters reach their diamond jubilee.

Creation Chapel at Uttan

Bp Allwyn D'Silva blessed the Creation Chapel at Margale Lake, Uttan amidst trees, birds, water on Jan. 24, as part of the Green Diocese initiative of the Archdiocese of Bombay. Fr Joseph Gonsalves, head of the Archdiocesan Office for Environment, preached on Caring for Creation. The concelebrants were Fr Peter D'Cunha (Parish Priest of Uttan), Frs Simon Rodrigues and Victor Dalmet. A Holy Hour was conducted on Feb. 5 around the lake, reflecting on God's presence in Creation, and thanking Him for the precious gift of water to us.


Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic proudly presents Creations 2019. This is a display of the work done by the students of the Interior Designing, Commercial Art and Fashion Designing departments. The exhibition will be held on February 15-17, 2019 at Nirmala Niketan, 49 New Marine Lines, Mumbai 400020 between 10:30 am to 7 pm. E-mail: nnpoly@gmail.com

Call to Holistic Growth for College & Working Youth
Growing in WISDOM & STATURE and in FAVOUR with ALL on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Nirmala Niketan, Churchgate, from 9:30 am to 1 pm (inclusive of Breakfast, Mass & Lunch)
Register in advance; call Rena Rodricks 99699 28149 between 10 am and 1 pm.

Atma Darshan
1. Family and Couples Retreat: Feb 15 - 17
2. Psycho-Spiritual Inner Healing Retreat: March 08 - 10
3. Lenten Inner Healing Service: March 23
For Registration & Inquiry, contact: Atma Darshan, Gyan Ashram Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 093. India. Tel : (0091) (022) 2836 3120/ 2824 2419. Mobile : (+91) 97696 94422.

Bible Commission: Part Three of the 'Introduction to the Old Testament' will be taught on Sat. Feb. 16 at the Loyola Hall of St Peter Church, Bandra, from 9:15 am to 1 pm, by Dr Renu Silvano OCV and Fr Fio Mascarenhas SJ. To register, call Deacon Inacin on 98196 01562, latest by Feb. 11.

Gain a competitive edge! St Pauls Institute of Communication Education, Bandra invites admissions for a certificate course in Digital Marketing, commencing on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Register early. Call +91-(0)22-2643 5709/+91-98338 06739/+91-97699 05813 or e-mail: admissions@stpaulsice.com

Mentors Accompanying Youth: The Diocesan Youth Centre is organising a workshop for Youth Animators, and those mentoring and animating youth groups and young people:
1. Sun. Feb. 10—9 am to 2:30 pm at St John the Baptist School Hall, Thane.
2. Sun. Feb. 17—9 am to 2:30 pm at St Andrew's College Conference Hall, Bandra.
Register with the DYC, Bandra on 2643 1384 / 2642 2556.